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Mapping keyboard commands in Final Cut Pro X

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This lesson focuses on mapping  Final Cut Pro X editing functions to the keyboard.  Learning to configure your keyboard with editing shortcuts is critical to become efficient within Final Cut Pro X.

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It's easy to map keyboard commands in Final Cut Pro X.

By default,  most of the keys are already mapped with Final Cut Pro functions.

Therefore it may make sense to map your new commands to a function key.

Start by navigating to the Apple Menu and select system preferences.

Then click on keyboard preferences.

Within the keyboard preferences tab, make sure 'use standard function keys' is activated.

This way when you press F1 on your keyboard, instead of adjusting the screen brightness, it will work as a keyboard command for Final Cut Pro X.

If you need to access the original designation of the key, just hold down the fn key while pressing F1.

Okay, now that we are back in Final Cut Pro, navigate to the Final Cut Pro menu and choose commands - customize.

In this example, let's search for the keyboard shortcut replace.

Drag the shortcut from the command list onto the function key you desire.

Final Cut Pro X is going to ask to create a copy, because you can't change the default keyboard layout.

Give the new keyboard layout a name.

Okay, that's it! You can now see that F1 is now attached to the replace from start command.

Now press save, and close the command editor window.

So now, if I click on a  clip or a placeholder, all I need to do is press the F1 key to replace the clip.

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